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10:10 AM ET, September 24, 2020

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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the benefits and drawbacks of publishing on three-year-old Substack, as a growing number of reporters and writers migrate to the newsletter platform  —  Casey Newton, who has covered tech for The Verge, joins a growing number of reporters who have started subscription newsletters at Substack, a three-year-old platform.
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Aleksander Chan / Discourse Blog:
Discourse Blog, made up of former Splinter journalists, is leaving Substack in October to start its own site, working with WordPress-powered platform Lede  —  So we have some news: Discourse Blog is leaving Substack next month to start our own website.  We are beyond excited to show everyone …
Sarah Jeong / OneZero:
Q&A with Casey Newton on leaving The Verge to start a newsletter on Substack called Platformer, after many years as The Verge's Silicon Valley editor
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Employees blast Alden-backed Tribune Publishing Company after it sent an email phishing test to staffers that promised bonuses; the company has apologized  —  The company sent staffers a fake email touting executive bonuses of up to $10,000 for “commitment to excellence.”  —  Laura Wagner
The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92  —  Legendary British-American media figure was behind major investigations including exposure of thalidomide scandal  —  Sir Harold Evans …
Business Wire:
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. to retire as chairman of NYT's board of directors at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by A.G. Sulzberger  —  A.G. Sulzberger to Become Chairman on Jan. 1, 2021  —  Mr. Sulzberger Jr. Transformed The Times into an International Media Company …
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J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Sources: Deanna Brown, president of Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, is out after the merger with PMC  —  Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group President Deanna Brown is out at MRC after the merger between PMC and MRC on Wednesday, according to two individuals with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: The Wrap and @tcberman
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Variety:
Variety parent company Penske Media reaches a deal with MRC to operate Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under a newly formed joint venture called PMRC
Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps to buy ION Media for $2.65B, roughly doubling its TV station footprint; Berkshire Hathaway will invest $600M in Scripps to help finance the deal  —  Berkshire plans to make a $600 million preferred-equity investment in Scripps to help finance the purchase
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
An account of Mueller's failures must also account for media's failures, in buying AG Barr's spin and focusing on the optics of his report rather than substance  —  Under a presidency that, perhaps more than any in recent memory, tends to be rendered in starkly moralistic terms …
 
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
WaPo memo: Marty Baron outlines 5 principles for covering hacked or leaked material pre-election, including careful headline vetting to avoid echoing propaganda
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
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@newsalliance:
[Thread] AP journalists describe how they report election results and declare winners in about 7,000 races, for White House, Congress, and state legislatures
Bloomberg:
Zoltan Varga, the owner of one of Hungary's biggest independent media groups, says he faces intimidation tactics because he won't give in to Orban's government
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The News Product Alliance launches as a community for people who work in news product management
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
DOJ, in a rare legislative proposal, asks Congress to adopt a law weakening Section 230, in an effort to hold Facebook, Google, and others liable for content
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN is shutting down its short-form video subsidiary Great Big Story
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: substantial job cuts are expected at NBCUniversal in the coming months as it thinks channels like E!, Oxygen, and Syfy don't have a long-term future
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a rally, Trump again mocks Ali Velshi for being hit with a rubber bullet amid protests and adds a vague story to mock another reporter thrown aside by police